Virginia Cooperative Extension recently released a new e-book, "Question and Answer Guide for Starting and Growing Your Own Business," to provide Virginia business owners with essential information in an easily accessible way.

Scott Tate, senior economic development specialist in Virginia Tech's Office of Economic Development and former Extension community viability specialist, and Crystal Tyler-Mackey, Virginia Cooperative Extension community viability specialist, authored the publication.

The e-book can be accessed via Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader, and Apple products, and it covers entrepreneurial basics, business plans, legal considerations, and more. The publication can be accessed in ePub and PDF formats on the Virginia Cooperative Extension publication website.

While the Internet houses a seemingly endless supply of information, not all of it is reliable. This publication provides information that readers can trust because it is supported by research and has been peer-reviewed.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is the first college at Virginia Tech to offer e-books, which complement the hundreds of peer-reviewed publications written by Extension specialists each year. Considering that Extension publications posted on the Web received more than 3 million page views in 2013, Extension plans to release a new e-book each month.  

"E-books reflect our commitment to reach larger and more diverse audiences,"said Edwin Jones, director of Extension. "These peer-reviewed publications, written by Extension specialists, provide another valuable tool for putting knowledge into the hands of the people."



Written by Sara Lepley, a junior in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and a communications intern for Virginia Cooperative Extension.
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